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27th March, 2017

Valletta, Malta

With my return to Saga Sapphire,  I must thank Captain Tanner for a job well done in looking after this “lovely lady”for the last 4 days.

On awakening in my hotel room in Valletta  I was greeted with a bright, warm  and beautiful morning.  Shortly after boarding I was straight into our weekly crew drills, something we take very seriously as safety is our No 1 priority.

Our Guests took the opportunity to explore this historic island far and wide, whether on an excursion, an open top bus or a stroll into the heart of Valletta. There were of course many who just love to stay on board, relax and let our attentive staff look after them. With the sun present all day it was ideal for topping up the tan.

We also refuelled the ship with approximately 1100 tonnes of oil –I did offer to pay with my credit card to get some serious air miles, however payment was declined!!

With everyone back on board at 1730, we shortly thereafter slipped our moorings, thrusted off the berth and then moved about 0.5M astern to the turning area. As we passed the main fortress we were honoured to have a 10 gun salute  as can be seen from the attached photographs. I would like to say I took these myself, however I was somewhat occupied (driving the ship!!). All our Guests were on deck for this spectacular sailaway and what a treat it was. Valletta is one of my favourite ports to sail in and out of.

With our swing complete we then moved swiftly ahead to weave our way out through the breakwaters and back into the Mediterranean sea. Our local pilot was disembarked and we then set a NE’ly course towards our next port of call, Dubrovnik in Croatia.

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